Dr Johanna Schmidt


Qualifications: PhD

School of Social Sciences



Transgenderism, with a Pacific focus; parenting and family studies; gender and sexuality; qualitative research methods.

Featured Publications

Schmidt, J. (2010). Migrating genders: Westernisation, migration, and Samoan fa'afafine. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

Schmidt, J. (2012). Gender diversity. In Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand (pp. 1-7). Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Wellington. Retrieved from

Recent Publications

  • Schmidt, J. M. (2017). Translating transgender: Using Western discourses to understand Samoan fa'afāfine. Sociology Compass, 11(5), 1-17. doi:10.1111/soc4.12485

  • Schmidt, J. (2017). Homosexuality in Aotearoa New Zealand: Regulation and resistance. In A. Bell, V. Elizabeth, T. McIntosh, & M. Wynyard (Eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey? Making Sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 186-197). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

  • Schmidt, J. (2016). Being ‘like a woman’: Fa’afāfine and Samoan masculinity. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 17(3-4), 287-304. doi:10.1080/14442213.2016.1182208

  • Schmidt, J., Michelle, C., & Simon-Kumar, R. (2016). Editorial: Women's Studies Journal. Women's Studies Journal, 30(2), 3-5.

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Schmidt, Dr Johanna 9365 jschmidt K.2.05B Sociology Programme